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2017 Honor Auction


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2017 Honor Auction


 

Celebrating Military Spouse Appreciation Day 

Milspo Project is hosting our first ever fundraising event in Wilmington, North Carolina!  Join us in celebrating military spouses Spring of 2017, the evening of May 12th at Bakery 105 we will kick off the festivities at 7pm.  

 

2017 Honor Auction Sponsors ...

 
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Music + Dancing


Music + Dancing


 
 

Ready to boogie down to some bluegrass?

Wilmington's very own Folkstone Stringband will be making our first fundraiser a memorable one!  Their set will include hard-driving, fast-picking bluegrass, old time, Americana, and honky tonk music. We can't wait to dance the night away!

Also joining us will be The Midatlanic, a crew of eclectic musicians hailing from the Cape Fear coast of North Carolina. Expect to hear a unique blend of progressive folk, Americana, and bluegrass, and a hint of rock and jazz!

 
 
 
 
 

Bryce Fox Band will be helping us kick off the night of festivities!  As an American country singer-songwriter, Fox began his country music career in 2011, writing and recording original demos under his independent label, "EndUpWithYou Recordings".  Throughout his songwriting career, multiple songs have been pitched to artists such as Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Trailer Choir, Chase Rice, Rich Redmond, and Rodney Atkins.   

 
 

Food + Drink


Food + Drink


Enjoy BBQ and BEER!

If you love craft beer and delicious southern comfort food then join us May 12th.  Tickets Include: local craft beer from Waterline Brewing Co, barbecue bites donated from a Wilmington's MISSION BBQ, and pecan pie from Apple Annie's Bakeshop!

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Honor Influencers


Honor Influencers


 

our local military spouse supporters

Meet the amazing group of men and women who love military spouses as much as we do!  Milspo's Honor Influencers are a generous group of professionals committed to helping military spouses find meaningful employment in 2017.  With their help, we will reach our goal of raising $40,000 this May!

 
Mike Hunter, Founder & Coach at Pivot Launch Coaching, is dedicated to working with professionals around the world. Mike coaches them on how to build and leverage their professional brand using the LinkedIn platform. After rolling up his sleeves and working with professionals directly, they will develop “ functional professional fitness” enabling them to thrive in a disrupted business world. Go to www.PivotLaunchCoaching.com to learn more.

Mike Hunter, Founder & Coach at Pivot Launch Coaching, is dedicated to working with professionals around the world. Mike coaches them on how to build and leverage their professional brand using the LinkedIn platform. After rolling up his sleeves and working with professionals directly, they will develop “ functional professional fitness” enabling them to thrive in a disrupted business world. Go to www.PivotLaunchCoaching.com to learn more.

Moving to Wilmington in August 2015 to escape the snow of Central NY, Carol jumped right in to the local non-profitscene, volunteering for Cucalorus Film Festival, then Girls' Leadership Academy, chairing the opening day ceremonies, then as current membership chair of the Women's Impact Network of New Hanover County.  Carol has opened the doors to her home to WIN, GLOW, Planned Parenthood, and WHQR for just a few examples. Carol's successful professional background was in pharmaceutical sales, transitioning into private marketing for CNY Fertility Centers, then on to fundraising for a capital campaign for the Oneida Public Library. Moving to Wilmington has been a pleasure as the local social scene revolves around non-profit events, which his where her heart lies.

Moving to Wilmington in August 2015 to escape the snow of Central NY, Carol jumped right in to the local non-profitscene, volunteering for Cucalorus Film Festival, then Girls' Leadership Academy, chairing the opening day ceremonies, then as current membership chair of the Women's Impact Network of New Hanover County.  Carol has opened the doors to her home to WIN, GLOW, Planned Parenthood, and WHQR for just a few examples.

Carol's successful professional background was in pharmaceutical sales, transitioning into private marketing for CNY Fertility Centers, then on to fundraising for a capital campaign for the Oneida Public Library. Moving to Wilmington has been a pleasure as the local social scene revolves around non-profit events, which his where her heart lies.

Siobhan Norris is proud to be a member of a family that can date their military involvement all the way back to the Civil War. She is the granddaughter of a retired Marine and decorated WW II veteran, the daughter of a decorated combat wounded Special Forces Vietnam veteran, is married to a U.S. Army Black Hawk Aviator, and she is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. Siobhan works in the Office of Military Affairs at UNCW where she oversees the Military Resource Center and provides support to over 1700 military-affiliated students. With the help and support of her fantastic colleagues, Siobhan established two national partnerships for the university in order to provide strategic support specifically for military spouse students. The first one is with the National Military Family Association in which $7,000.00 in scholarships are being offered and the second one is with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce through their Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Employment Program. She and her fellow MilSpouse colleague are launching an In Gear Career Chapter at UNCW this fall to offer professional development and networking opportunities for military spouse students in Wilmington. 

Siobhan Norris is proud to be a member of a family that can date their military involvement all the way back to the Civil War. She is the granddaughter of a retired Marine and decorated WW II veteran, the daughter of a decorated combat wounded Special Forces Vietnam veteran, is married to a U.S. Army Black Hawk Aviator, and she is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. Siobhan works in the Office of Military Affairs at UNCW where she oversees the Military Resource Center and provides support to over 1700 military-affiliated students. With the help and support of her fantastic colleagues, Siobhan established two national partnerships for the university in order to provide strategic support specifically for military spouse students. The first one is with the National Military Family Association in which $7,000.00 in scholarships are being offered and the second one is with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce through their Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Employment Program. She and her fellow MilSpouse colleague are launching an In Gear Career Chapter at UNCW this fall to offer professional development and networking opportunities for military spouse students in Wilmington. 

Stephanie is the CEO of The Lanier Property Group, an award winning boutique real estate firm in Wilmington, NC. She was named one of Wilmington’s 5 Most Intriguing People and voted Best Real Estate Agent by the Star News. She is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist and is the winner of the NC Association of Realtors Rising Star Award. When speaking, Stephanie is noted for her ability to bring inspiration and tangible takeaways to her audiences.  She helps keep Realtors sane by sharing her passion on work life integration and self care.  She speaks to business owners and entrepreneurs about creating and fostering intentional company culture. Stephanie has received national industry coverage for her out-of-the box content marketing and personal branding ideas. She is a contributor to Inman News and the founder of a local women’s leadership initiative, The Inspiration Lab. Before real estate, Stephanie worked as a clinical social worker caring for at risk teenagers, the homeless and mediating child abuse cases for the State of North Carolina. Stephanie received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University North Carolina at Wilmington. When she isn’t working she enjoys writing on her family blog, prepping for her business book club or volunteering with charities that are close to her heart.

Stephanie is the CEO of The Lanier Property Group, an award winning boutique real estate firm in Wilmington, NC. She was named one of Wilmington’s 5 Most Intriguing People and voted Best Real Estate Agent by the Star News. She is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist and is the winner of the NC Association of Realtors Rising Star Award.

When speaking, Stephanie is noted for her ability to bring inspiration and tangible takeaways to her audiences.  She helps keep Realtors sane by sharing her passion on work life integration and self care.  She speaks to business owners and entrepreneurs about creating and fostering intentional company culture. Stephanie has received national industry coverage for her out-of-the box content marketing and personal branding ideas.

She is a contributor to Inman News and the founder of a local women’s leadership initiative, The Inspiration Lab.

Before real estate, Stephanie worked as a clinical social worker caring for at risk teenagers, the homeless and mediating child abuse cases for the State of North Carolina. Stephanie received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University North Carolina at Wilmington. When she isn’t working she enjoys writing on her family blog, prepping for her business book club or volunteering with charities that are close to her heart.

Andrew was a 2007 graduate of VMI with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps where he spent 5.5 years as a logistics officer. He deployed to Iraq in 2008 and to Afghanistan in 2010 leading anywhere between 41 and 265 Marines at any given time. In 2012, upon receiving an honorable discharge as a Captain, he began the MBA program at Kenan-Flagler Business, UNC and graduated in 2014. During his professional career, Andrew has started three companies, two of which were sold. The first was Carolina Breathalyzer Service, LLC; a Wilmington-based company that placed breathalyzer vending machines in drinking establishments to reduce drunk driving. The second company was Military Discounters, LLC; a website and phone app designed to show military veterans where military discounts are in their vicinity. This company was sold to GovX.com, a reputable military-exclusive distributor. The third company is the present company, Elite Innovations, LLC, a product development firm.

Andrew was a 2007 graduate of VMI with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps where he spent 5.5 years as a logistics officer. He deployed to Iraq in 2008 and to Afghanistan in 2010 leading anywhere between 41 and 265 Marines at any given time. In 2012, upon receiving an honorable discharge as a Captain, he began the MBA program at Kenan-Flagler Business, UNC and graduated in 2014. During his professional career, Andrew has started three companies, two of which were sold. The first was Carolina Breathalyzer Service, LLC; a Wilmington-based company that placed breathalyzer vending machines in drinking establishments to reduce drunk driving. The second company was Military Discounters, LLC; a website and phone app designed to show military veterans where military discounts are in their vicinity. This company was sold to GovX.com, a reputable military-exclusive distributor. The third company is the present company, Elite Innovations, LLC, a product development firm.

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Event Details


Event Details



As an Honor Auction guest, expect to learn about military life, military spouses, and how our members are using Milspo Project resources to start and grow businesses!

We plan to have a great time too.  Tickets include beer and wine, BBQ hor d'oeuvres, and dancing the night away to two bluegrass bands and a headliner!  Also, there will be a silent auction exclusively featuring handmade military spouse products and services.

 

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BAKERY 105

7PM - 11PM

Dresscode:  Anything that you can boogie down to bluegrass music in. Blue jeans and cowboy boots are a must!

 
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What To Expect


What To Expect


 

Who is the honor auction for?

Anyone who wants to learn more about the other side of service!  Milspo's Honor Auction will be equal parts education and fun.  Get ready to party with a purpose on May 12th, while learning why military spouse business owners are so special.  

By purchasing a ticket, sponsoring, or donating, your dollars will serve military spouses directly.  All proceeds from the event will support Milspo Project's chapter program, and help us provide more monthly resources to our military spouses.

 
 

Military Spouse Under employment

Milspo Project will be auctioning off military spouse made items and services.  Come ready to learn more about the current military spouse underemployment crisis in our country, and how our members took their future into their own hands, and got started as small business owners. 

Ready to support Milspo Project's spouse development programs by purchasing our member-made auction items? 

Modern Military Spouse Life

Military life isn't always easy, and our members are using their businesses for as a force for good in their homes and communities.

Did you know that military spouses tend to be under 35 and are largely female? Only 5% of military spouses are men? Military families relocate 10 times more often than civilian families -- on average, every 2 or 3 years? 

Check out Milspo Project's Spouse Stories to learn more about day-to-day military life.

Milspo PRoject's Programs + Resources

Starting a business can be hard, and military life definitely makes things more complicated, which is why Milspo Project's programs and monthly resources are created with the needs of our military spouse entrepreneurs in mind!

Help us continue to support military spouses this May by joining us at our Honor Auction, or becoming a monthly All Heart donor. 

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Auction Items


Auction Items


 
 

U.S. Military spouse-made

 

Something unique to our Honor Auction is that we will be auctioning off military spouse-made products and services exclusively.  Attendees will not only learn more about Milspo Project through out the silent auction, but also about each military spouse business owner.

Are you a military spouse who would like to donate?

 
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Milspouse Awareness


Milspouse Awareness


 

What Does A Milspo Look Like?

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© Rita Jana Photography

 
 

Milspo Project's May 2017 Awareness Campaign

At this year's Honor Auction we will be unveiling our most recent awareness project, and sharing military spouse business success stories with our guests. Through our campaign: What Does a Milspo Look Like?, Honor Auction attendees will learn more about the individual members who make up Milspo Project.

 
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Honor Partners


Honor Partners


We can't do it without you

We are still looking for 2017 Honor Auction Sponsors.  Will you or your company help host our 2017 Honor Auction?  With your generous gift, Milspo Project will be able to continue to bring more essential business resources, and support, to our military spouse members.

Please contact Liz Marion for more details at liz@milspoproject.org.